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Baker Free Library


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The Baker Free Library strives to provide educational resources and high-quality programs to children of all ages. In the Children's Room, you'll find books and materials for every type of reader, and a full calendar of programs designed with every age group in mind. To learn about programs for our youngest patrons, please visit this page. For school-age children, read on below!

 

Library Cards

Library cards are free and available to all Bow residents age 6 or older. Visit the library to get yours! Parents/caregivers will need to show proof of Bow residence when signing up. Dunbarton residents who attend Bow schools are also eligible for a free library card.


Creative Kits

Monthly Take-Home Kits for Kids

NEW! Creative Kits are monthly take-home bundles designed for our preschool and school-aged patrons. Beginning in September 2020, these kits will be available to registered families of children aged 3-7 and 8-12, and include a month's worth of crafts, science experiments, and reading recommendations designed for each age group. All instructions and many project materials will be included, along with a full calendar of suggested activities.

Throughout the month, we'll delve into each kit's contents with virtual read-alouds and book club meetings, hosted by the library!

Creative Kits will be available during the first week of each month, until the library is able to resume its schedule of in-person programs. We hope that these projects will support and inspire our school-aged patrons, wherever they're reading and learning from this year.

Supplies are limited and registration is required. To reserve a kit for your child, please sign-up with the appropriate age group using our online calendar. Registrations do not carry forward; you will need to sign-up for each month you plan to participate. Reserved kits can be picked up anytime during the first week of the month.


Archived Kits

When possible, we will add a link to the projects and printables included in each month's kit. If you are unable to register for a particular program, the links here will provide virtual access to many of the included activities.


MARCH 2021

Newsletter, Book List & Printables

Art Exploration: Climbing Spider

Art Exploration: Sponge Art Butterflies

Art Exploration: Paper Puppet Dragonflies

STEM Exploration: Caterpillar Racers

STEM Exploration: Water Striders

 

FEBRUARY 2021

Newsletter, Book List & Printables

Art Exploration: Eric Carle-inspired Tissue Paper Collage

Art Exploration: Sky Color Watercolor Self-Portraits

Art Exploration: Pointillism Paintings

Art Exploration: Roman Mosaics

 

JANUARY 2021

Newsletter, Book List & Printables

Art Exploration: Shooting Star Prints

Art Exploration: Spaceship Spinners

STEM Exploration: Straw Rockets

 

DECEMBER 2020

Newsletter, Book List & Printables

Art Exploration: Mood Bears

Art Exploration: Cardboard Camera

Art Exploration: Watercolor Snowflakes

STEM Exploration: Snow Globe Thaumatropes

STEM Exploration: Magnetic Ice Skater

 

NOVEMBER 2020

Newsletter, Book List & Printables

Art Exploration: Rubber Band Banjos

Art Exploration: Homemade Harmonica

November Coloring Contest

 

OCTOBER 2020

Newsletter, Book List & Printables

Art Exploration: Chalk Prints

Art Exploration: Clothespin Painting

Art Exploration: The Woods At Night

Autumn Coloring Contest

 
SEPTEMBER 2020

Newsletter, Book List & Printables

Cloud Identification Kit & Weather Wheel,
provided by Adventure in a Box

Art Exploration: Solar Prints

Art Exploration: Symmetry Painting

Lego Challenge

 


First Chapter Fridays

New Virtual Program Begins January 8

A new virtual program! Every Friday, listen to the first chapter of a middle-grade book read by our youth services librarian. This weekly podcast will introduce a range of recommended titles for readers aged 8-12, and include a mix of genres and topics. New recordings will be posted every week, and can be accessed anytime using the links below. Watch on your schedule, and reserve the books you like most! Look for episodes every week beginning Friday, January 8.

While You Listen: Active Listening Worksheet

 

 

 

 

Episodes:
January 08, 2021 | Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

January 15, 2021 | A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

January 22, 2021 | The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz

January 29, 2021 | Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos

January 29, 2021 | When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller (Newbury Medal Winner)

February 05, 2021 | Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

February 12, 2021 | Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

February 19, 2021 | Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton

February 26, 2021 | The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

March 5, 2021 | Charlotte's Web by E.B. White


Lego Building Challenge

A virtual LEGO Challenge for kids of all ages. Follow us on social media with #bflbuildingchallenge to participate all year long! Visit our BFL Building Challenge Page.


Great Stone Face Book Award

The Great Stone Face Book Award is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire (CLNH), and is given each year to an author whose book receives the most votes from fourth through sixth grade students throughout the state. Each year, a committee chooses 20 recently published titles, which children then use as a guide for voting. The vote takes place every April during National Library Week, and the winner is announced in May. The purpose of the award is to promote reading enjoyment, to increase awareness of contemporary writing, and to allow children to honor their favorite books and authors.

The winner of the Great Stone Face Award for 2020 is New Kid by Jerry Craft!

Stop by the Great Stone Face Display at the Library to check out the 2020-2021 nominees.  We have multiple copies of each title available, including several audiobooks. We also offer eBooks and audiobooks to download through the Libby app.